Friday, August 03, 2007

Wikipedia prayer

Stumbled on the Wikipedia page on prayer the other day, and lo and behold someone had made a point of including specifically Christian Science prayer, right after Christian prayer. Well done, whoever you are!

Seeing it there juxtaposed against all the other descriptions of prayer, I was struck by how out-of-the-box Mary Baker Eddy’s concept of prayer is—at least the prayer that contributes to spiritual healing. Here’s what the page says:

Christian Science teaches that prayer is a spiritualization of thought or an understanding of God and of the nature of the underlying spiritual creation. Adherents believe that this can result in healing, by bringing spiritual reality (the "Kingdom of Heaven" in Biblical terms) into clearer focus in the human scene. The world as it appears to the senses is regarded as a distorted version of the world of spiritual ideas: the latter is the only true reality. Prayer can heal the distortion. Christian Scientists believe that prayer does not change the spiritual creation but gives a clearer view of it, and the result appears in the human scene as healing: the human picture adjusts to coincide more nearly with the divine reality. Prayer works through love: the recognition of God's creation as spiritual, intact and inherently lovable.

Food for thought. How are you praying today?


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2 Comments:

At 8/03/2007 08:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a thoughtful and accurate encapsulation of CS. I particularly appreciate the writer's reference to the humand and divine coincidence, a facet of CS healing that is often unexplored or unexplained in general definitions such as this.

As for myself, I've been expanding my work with, and appreciation of, that coincidence and have been praying daily to affirm the ever-presence of the divine, despite the current human picture as it relates to personal and global situations. A CS practioner recently advised me to "get through your denials of error quickly and move on to affirming what you know to be spiritually true."

As Mrs. Eddy tells us in Science and Health, "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick." (p. 476: 32-4)

To me, that "correct view of man" is the golden ring we're reaching for in our study and practice of CS.

Sandy in Utah

 
At 8/03/2007 09:20:00 AM, Anonymous Heather said...

It's interesting, because this is almost the only type of prayer that ever made sense to me. It's basically asking that God's perception and will and just everything about God be clearer.

Whereas other types of prayer come across as petitions, and the problem I've always had with that is it can give the perception that God can change His mind. That God wasn't going to do something until a person prayed for healing or help or love, and then God decides to give it. It makes God's actions dependent upon the person's prayer.

 

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